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New Act on the Control of Investments Detrimental to the Interests of Hungarian National Security

The Hungarian Government recently adopted Act no. LVII of 2018 on the Control of Investments Detrimental to the Interests of Hungarian National Security (the “Act”). Previously we wrote about a similar legislative proposal which aimed at establishing a similar control mechanism. However, the Act has a more sophisticated approach on the control and approval procedure […]

Health and safety at work in Romania: What companies need to know

Failure to take or observe the mandatory measures for health and safety at work may entail, among other types of liability (e.g. civil, administrative), potential criminal liability for employers. The Romanian Criminal Code (the “RCC”) provides for two offences which sanction such failure: i) failure to take the mandatory measures for health and safety at […]

Switzerland: Insolvency law, policy and procedure

By Daniel Hayek and Laura Oegerli Statutory framework and substantive law Swiss restructuring and insolvency proceedings are mainly governed by the Swiss Debt Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law (DEBA), which entered into force in 1892. A number of other laws and ordinances further regulate special aspects of restructuring and insolvency proceedings, such as specific provisions according to […]

Czech Republic: Office for the Protection of Competition gets tougher

In April 2018 the Office for the Protection of Competition adopted new guidelines on the method of setting fines for competition law infringements,(1) noting that the need for a revision of the previous guidelines had emerged in the wake of developing case law, as well as amendments to the Act on the Protection of Competition. The […]

FOS expansion to SMEs – near-final rules published

By Paul Gair The Financial Conduct Authority yesterday released its policy statement on SME access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), setting out its near-final rules for amending the compulsory jurisdiction to include new definitions for “small businesses” and “guarantors”. At the same time, it has released a new consultation paper detailing proposals for increasing […]

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In brief: Saints solicitor scores as FA chair

Southampton solicitor Keith Wiseman has been elected chair of the Football Association, the most powerful position in English football. Wiseman will remain senior partner of Southampton litigation and advocacy practice Woodford & Ackroyd, he specialises in family child care litigation. He was formerly vice-chair of Southampton Football Club, also known as The Saints. Wiseman was […]

Westminster stops phone box cards in sleaze war

Westminster City Council has secured an injunction to stop a man from placing prostitute cards in phone boxes. The injunction, won at Central London County Court, was sought after it became clear that court action and fines had not proved a sufficient deterrent for the Shepherd’s Bush man. The injunction, only the second to be […]

Hard lessons of the UK-US marriage

Theodore Goddard’s move to sell off its Eastern European office to its former alliance partner, US firm Dewey Ballantine, is another example of the trans-Atlantic dream failing. In the late Eighties and early Nineties, in the name of business strategy, firms looked at every option to expand. Globalisation seemed to provide the opportunity and many […]

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DAVID Andrews, former managing partner of London firm Clifford Turner and the first UK management consultant to specialise in advising law firms, has been inducted as a Fellow of the US-based College of Law Practice Management to recognise his contributions to law firm management. His citation called him the “best known legal management consultant outside […]

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